My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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There’s a good time to be upset and a bad time. Jasmine McGillvray has learned the difference. For instance, McGillvray used to get upset after she missed a shot. Now the junior forward for Class 2A’s second-ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals brushes it off and concentrates on the next one. “That’s helped me quite a bit,” said McGillvray. “Last year, I used to hang my head and let it get to me. Now if I miss it just motivates me to make the next shot and just keep going. I know I’ll pull through with another shot.”
Dillon Kifer needs to win a state wrestling title. If for no other reason than to finally display his true athletic ability. Kifer can do a back flip from a standing position. However, the only time the Little Falls senior will be allowed to show this trick to his wrestling fans is if he wins a Class 3A state individual title.
Seventeen percent shooting is hard to overcome. The Brainerd Warriors gave it a go Friday only to fall short to the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks, who snuck out of Brainerd High School with a 54-42 victory. The Warriors (2-10) stormed out of the halftime break to score eight straight points and claim a 31-26 advantage. Brainerd then went cold and its lead went south as Bemidji roared to a 19-5 run for a 45-36 lead. Bemidji’s Cheyenne Woods scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half and Jess Yost, who also scored 16 points, scored 10 of those in the second frame.
Ian Haug wants to play more. Marcus Comstock could use a breather. Each might get what they want after leading the Brainerd Warriors to a 45-43 overtime victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Friday at Brainerd High School. Haug came off the bench to key a second-half comeback that resulted in a 36-36 tie after regulation. Comstock did his best work in the overtime frame as he scored six of his team-high 12 points, helping Brainerd win its third straight and improve to 3-2 in the Central Lakes Conference.
Match No. 254 is why Jordan Chouanard stays after practice. Medford’s Curt Maas is why he trained tirelessly last offseason. A Class 1A state wrestling championship is what drives the Aitkin Gobblers’ senior. The third ranked Class 1A 145-pounder was one match away from a chance at the coveted state title during last year’s state individual tournament.
Soft-spoken Teresa Moenkedick said she was just getting open and her shots were going down. That’s a simple way to explain how the junior point guard posted 40 points in the Verndale Pirates’ 71-57 Park Region Conference victory over New York Mills Jan. 3. It’s the first time in Verndale head coach Art Schluttner’s tenure that a Verndale girl has scored 40 or more points. “She just has been playing really well all season,” Schluttner said. “Her game has been a pleasant surprise.
CROSBY — Nevin Greer saved his best for last. The senior guard scored nine of his 12 second-half points in the final 2:30 of Tuesday night’s Mid-State Conference clash with Crosby-Ironton. The final two were the difference as Greer sank two free throws to lead Pequot Lakes to a 56-54 victory over the rival Rangers. The two-year varsity player finished with 16 points. Back court teammate Logan Lange led Pequot with 19. Those two guided the Patriots through a contest that featured 10 lead changes and four ties.
It wasn’t much of a holiday vacation for Joey Hanowski. But it wasn’t all work for the Little Falls senior. Hanowski tallied five goals and four assists, helping him reach 100 career points, during the Little Falls boys hockey tournament Dec. 27-29. The senior’s production helped Little Falls win all three tournament games by a combined 15-4 score.
Whitney Weisz’s senior year will be remembered for a long time. If not, one only has to look in the Little Falls record books. The record holder of numerous school and pool swimming records, Weisz broke into the basketball record books during the Little Falls tournament. The most significant accomplishment came during a 68-60 victory over St. Cloud Apollo in the third-place game Dec. 29. Weisz scored 29 points to become the Flyer girls basketball program’s all-time leading scorer. She surpassed Ann Just’s record of 1,416 set in 1992.
PEQUOT LAKES — Who do you guard? That was the question Pequot Lakes Patriots head coach Jon Dale struggled with before, during and after Tuesday’s Mid-State Conference clash against the Staples-Motley Cardinals. Nine different players scored for Class 2A’s sixth-ranked Cardinals, leading to a 78-52 victory. Of those nine players, five scored nine or more points. Four different Cardinals hit 3-pointers, helping them connect on 42 percent (10-of-24) from beyond the arc.